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Friday, October 08, 2004

All hail the hippy!

Ok, that might be asking for too much. Then how about just little yippppeee for the hippy?

Yipppppeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

Thanks, I needed that.

I'm back in my lair in fabulous north London, following 3 nights in a "top" London hotel. No, Mrs. Hippy didn't kick me out, it was a work-related stay. You still shouldn't ask...

I'm exhausted as the social activities connected to the event, specifically staying way too late in the hotel bar and getting up too early.

For those of you who don't live in the UK, we have some very antiquated licensing laws for bars and pubs. What that means in real terms is that most places that serve booze have to close at 11pm.

No, I am not joking.

When I used to socialise in NYC, you didn't even leave your home to go out until that time, so it was a bit of a shock to me when I landed here.

Anyway, certain establishments are eligible for late licenses on the basis that they serve food, have entertainment, or in the case of my hotel, they could serve hotel guests until 4am.

So in-between the pub I visited last night and a stretch at the late-opening hotel bar, I found myself in a down-market Tapas bar in the West End that was open until 1am. The food was tapas, naturally, though I remained on strictly liquid refreshments - Margaritas if you must know. Good ones, and lots of them too. Hic.

An eldery gentleman playing a Casio keyboard provided the entertainment. His repertoire consisted of mediocre hits from the 80's and the sort of Spanish music you would hear on holiday. It was godawful, but people were actually dancing to it. Not me, this hippy don't dance. Besides, there isn't enough booze in the whole wide world that could have gotten me to dance to that rubbish.

I actually had quite a good time last night, though an extended altercation with the hotel staff nearly put a damper on my evening. Luckily I'm a tenacious cunt and it ended up costing them a bit of cash. I'll elaborate on this amusing tale when I have the energy, but right now I feel the need for a nap.

Damn, I'm getting old and feeling it too.
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